Chelsea's early labours in defending their Premier League title along with preparations for Saturday's London derby with Crystal Palace were put on the side this afternoon, as the draw for the group stages of the Champions League took place in Monaco.
Drawn in Group G, the Blues will face familiar foes in Portuguese giants FC Porto as well as playing new opposition in the shape of legendary Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev and Israeli champions Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
While the match-ups with Dynamo and Maccabi...
Chelsea face "not an easy draw at all" after they were placed in a Champions League group with Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv, former Blues goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini says.
Manager Jose Mourinho is intimately familiar with Porto, having led them to the European title in 2004.
The Blues managed to avoid the elite Madrid clubs that were in Pot 2, but Cudicini, who attended the draw in his role as global ambassador for Chelsea, insisted that Porto will be every bit as difficult.
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Chelsea have targeted Zenit's Ezequiel Garay as an alternative central defensive option if they do not get Everton's John Stones, sources have told ESPN FC.
Although the 21-year-old English centre-back remains Jose Mourinho's primary target for the remainder of the window, Everton have only dug deeper in their refusal to sell the young defender.
Mourinho had previously challenged the Goodison Park club to say that Stones is not for sale at any price, and chairman Bill Kenwright has responded by...